Shakib Al Hasan
|DOB||March 24, 1987|
|Test: 34||ODI: 129||T-20: 26|
|Major Teams:||Bangladesh, Adelaide Strikers, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Barbados Tridents, Dhaka Gladiators, Khulna Division, Kolkata Knight Riders, Worcestershire|
Shakib is Bangladesh’s first truly world class player. A savvy veteran who is fiercely competitive, he is the man most responsible for gradually transforming Bangladesh into a consistent side. With his icy cool nerves, Shakib has made a trademark of delivering when Bangladesh needs him most.
His game may not be orthodox, but his bowling is penetrative, especially relative to his teammates, and his batting supremely skilled. Not a great turner of the ball, he relies on superhuman stamina and annoying lines just outside of off to create pressure on batsmen. At times he tends to just spear the ball in, a side effect of playing too much T20 cricket all over the world. As a batsman, he has an unmatched ability to find the boundaries and keep the scoreboard ticking all the time.
Shakib started his cricketing career at BKSP, the country’s premium sports institute. He played for Bangladesh U-19 team in 2006 and his excellent performance in age level brought him to national team later that year.
Shakib is rated as one of the top all-rounders in the world in all three formats. He was the first Bangladeshi player to play country cricket, CPL and Big Bash league.
Shakib was the first Bangladeshi captain to win an ODI series against an established side when New Zealand was crushed 4-0 in 2010. But after 2012 Zimbabwe series, he left captaincy and now concentrating more on his game as Bangladesh needs his 100% in every match. Nonetheless, he remains one of Bangladesh’s most favorite sons and his contributions to his team could not possibly be overstated.